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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,171 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dick Francis, Felix Francis Narrator: Felix Francis, Martin Jarvis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9781429587198
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Max Moreton is a rising culinary star and his Newmarket restaurant, The Hay Net, has brought him great acclaim and a widening circle of admirers. But when nearly all the guests who enjoyed one of his meals at a private catered affair fall victim to severe food poisoning, his kitchen is shuttered and his reputation takes a hit. Scrambling to meet his next obligation, an exclusive luncheon for forty in the glass-fronted private boxes at the Two Thousand Guineas, Max must overcome the previous evening’s disaster and provide the new American sponsors of the year’s first classic race with a day to remember.

Then a bomb blast rips through the private boxes, killing some of Max’s trusted staff as well as many of the guests. As survivors are rushed to the hospital, Max is left to survey the ruins of the grandstand-and of his career. Two close calls are too close for comfort, and Max vows to protect his name, and himself, before it’s too late.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A thoroughbred novel.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Crisp writing and well-paced action.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Francis once again proves himself a master. Wow.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 2/3/2014

    " I really liked Dick Francis earliest books, but then he went downhill for a while so I stopped reading them. This was his latest, but not as good as his earlier books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/21/2014

    " I love Dick Francis. My Mom used to read them all the time, and she got me started. One time I read 5 books of his on 5 days. Good stuff. Hope I can remember titles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bellarush | 1/17/2014

    " It's been a long time since I've read a Dick Francis novel, and I think I have to agree with the reviewer who said 'this isn't Dick Francis.' I did enjoy it, however, most likely because of the 'gimmick' in this one, as I have a background in Food Science. It wasn't as snappy and witty as the old DF but a decent mindless read all the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trudy | 1/15/2014

    " Another good read from Dick Francis. Simple. Straightforward. Doesn't give you a headache trying to follow the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/12/2014

    " This was a wonderful mystery that had me stumpted the whole time. I love how he incorporates the horse racing world with the culinary world. I will never tire from reading his books. A must read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig | 1/8/2014

    " Haven't read any Francis in a very long time, but see he has some new ones written with his son. Not a great collaboration, I must say. It's OK, and sorta Francis-like, but missing something for sure. Worth a read for Francis-freaks and for others wanting something quick and light, but doesn't hold up to his earlier books (which were pretty light themselves, but had *something* that this doesn't). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 1/3/2014

    " How great to have Dick Francis back, this time with his son. Best DF in a long time. I sure learned to cook beans well!!!!!!!! Enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Zimmerman | 1/3/2014

    " This is the best Dick Francis book I've read and I think I've read most of them! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jewel | 12/17/2013

    " I've read a lot of books by Dick Francis, and I still like them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly | 12/11/2013

    " I enjoyed this book very much. The Francis men do a great job of creating page turners and interesting protagonists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas Nevins | 12/1/2013

    " good book but slooooooow "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 11/29/2013

    " All Dick Francis' books are good. This one is full of suspense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Syd Perry | 11/28/2013

    " When I started this book, I thought to myself with a smile, "Oh yeah, this is why I love to read." Dick Francis is one of my favorite authors. He's like an old friend adn I really like spending time with him. He is now writing with his son. A winning team. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndee | 11/20/2013

    " Although the book dragged a bit in the middle, the plot was zesty. Humor in this book was great, wry and witty. I don't remember a Francis book with so much humor--perhaps it is because his son is co-author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizbonco | 11/16/2013

    " One of Dick Francis's best. The chef and the murder based on tainted food was intriguing.A fine little mystery by Dick and his son, Felix. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 10/24/2013

    " Max Moreton first tries to find out who is trying to ruin his reputation as a chef and his restaurant, and then who is trying to kill him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 10/18/2013

    " Workmanlike Francis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hazen Wardle | 7/9/2013

    " Not bad. Mystery at a horse track. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 6/4/2013

    " Greater love hath no man than this a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 That pretty much sums up this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neville | 5/1/2013

    " Another very good Dick Francis read. Great story line and keeps you involved in the whole book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/5/2013

    " A compelling mystery story, although the writing is not up to the standard of the books written solely by Dick Francis. Nonetheless, having the collaboration of his son helped the aging Francis to add a few more books to his canon, so I, for one, am happy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 1/6/2013

    " "Read" this as an audio book on a long trip. It served it's purpose, but it didn't turn me into a Dick Francis addict. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendroz | 12/1/2012

    " I love Dick Francis and this book was not disappointing. Quick pace, and interesting, interesting choice of a poisoning agent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pmcdnld2 | 5/26/2012

    " These mysteries are always set in the English horse racing world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo Anne | 4/18/2012

    " Hadn't read a Dick Francis in quite some time. A nice, quick, engaging read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ron | 4/16/2012

    " Nancy 4 stars; Ron 0 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaci | 12/22/2011

    " Formulaic but a happy formula for bedtime reading... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lonnye Sue | 9/22/2011

    " Dead heat is the first Dick Francis book, but it will not be the last. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MaryLou Pearce | 9/18/2011

    " Dick Francis - a great mystery writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio book. Decent book. The chick latched on too tight too quick and the chef is a weird hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lilian | 5/3/2011

    " Great book. Liked the main character chef guy. He was used well to unveil a drug scam. That caught me off guard, I would never have guessed the ending.. I give this book a thumbs up! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 4/19/2011

    " Dick Francis writes good stories most ex jockeys couldn't but he writes better than most mystery writers too this book is up to his high standards "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cactuskid2 | 4/13/2011

    " Select Editions Vol. 4, 2008
    Same old Dick Francis stuff, even with his son helping write. Very simply written as if to a child. This one involved a chef and restaurant catering to the race track crowd. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clare | 4/13/2011

    " I have read all of Dick Francis' books and have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one. Unfortunately this one leaves alot to be desired - His son Felix co-wrote this book with his dad and the master tale weaving that Dick Francis is so well known for is not in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle | 4/7/2011

    " I liked this one but i got bland in points. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 3/24/2011

    " horses and food! What more could you want? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo Anne | 3/20/2011

    " Hadn't read a Dick Francis in quite some time. A nice, quick, engaging read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 3/17/2011

    " I love Dick Francis. My Mom used to read them all the time, and she got me started. One time I read 5 books of his on 5 days. Good stuff. Hope I can remember titles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 3/7/2011

    " There was good character development. The main character gets more confidence by the end. Classic style of Dick Francis, nothing really special but good as always. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carole | 2/1/2011

    " Another good read by Dick Francis (with his son, Felix) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/1/2011

    " A really enjoyable Dick Francis mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spencer | 12/21/2010

    " This was the second Francis book I read. I love how he weaves his stories around Horse Racing. Like the first book of his I read, you keep wanting more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 11/18/2010

    " Read the short version. It was ok. "

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About the Author
Author Dick Francis

Dick Francis, (1920–2010) a former champion steeplechase jockey, was the author of many bestselling mysteries set in the world of horse racing. The only three-time recipient of the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award for best novel, his awards include the Gold Dagger, the Cartier Diamond Dagger, the MWA’s Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement, an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tufts University of Boston, and in 2000 he received a Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

About the Narrators

Felix Francis is the younger of Dick Francis’ two sons. Over the years, Felix assisted with the research of many of the Dick Francis novels, until he finally took a more significant role in the writing, first with Dead Heat and then increasingly with the bestsellers Silks, Even Money, and Crossfire, all father-son collaborations. He lives in England.

Martin Jarvis, OBE, has recorded more than 150 Just William stories for the BBC. These have become international audio bestsellers. He won the Theatre World Award for his starring role on Broadway in By Jeeves; his West End appearances include works by Ayckbourn, Frayn, Pinter, and Wilde. Screen successes include everything from Stargate Atlantis, Doctor Who, and Numb3rs to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar-winning Titanic.